UWF Softball Named Hero Sports’ Breakout Team of the Year

first_img#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version First team NFCA All-American Rhiannon Sassman (.342) and Rachel Wright (.337) posted two of the four best batting averages by freshmen in program history, while Sassman is the first Argonaut since 2010 to pick up 100 or more total bases. Becca Taylor and Kalyn Chapman became the first UWF duo to each win 17 games since 2009, when Jillian Lafrance and Emily Burge won 24 and 19 games, respectively. Chapman, Sassman and Meghan Toney gave West Florida three All-South Region and three All-Gulf South Conference honorees on the year, each for the first time since 2011. Some familiar teams joined UWF in the Hero Sports top 20 breakout teams, in Flagler, Delta State and Mississippi College. UWF improved in every area of the game from 2015 to this season, hitting .310 and slugging .426 as a team while scoring 5.5 runs per game, and seeing team’s earned run average drop a full run – from 3.57 to 2.50. The Argonauts also put up a 15-game winning streak during the 2016 campaign, which was the program’s longest since 2005. The honor was awarded by using a two-part system from Hero Sports: improvement in the team’s year-end BennettRank and improvement in total wins. The Argonauts jumped 102 spots in the end-of-the-year BennettRank, the third-most in the country, and UWF’s 23-win improvement was the second-most in Division II, giving UWF the highest average finish in the rankings. “This year’s success is a testament to the industrious spirit of our returners, combined with the positive energy and talent of our newcomers,” head coach Melissa Paul said. “We focused on the team, the culture and the process, and winning was just the result.” PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team posted the 13th-best single-season improvement in Division II history this year, and the team’s season-long performance was enough to be named the Hero Sports D2 Softball Breakout Team of the Year.last_img

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